Move over, Margaret of Anjou; Cersei Lannister has a new historical analogue
Anyone with even a casual interest in the A Song of Ice and Fire series is well aware that George R.R. Martin intentionally wrote his novels with real history in mind. Many locations, characters, and events on Planetos are references to locations, characters, and events on Earth, particularly the Wars of the Roses. Of course, there’s not just medieval English history at play. King’s Landing is clearly based on Constantinople, rather than London. Besides the climate and architecture, the religious controversy and the palace plots of King’s Landing are all very Byzantine.
As the title suggests, this post is about Cersei Lannister. Margaret of Anjou has been widely recognized as Cersei’s real-world historical analogue, and for good reason. However, the events of Season 6 of Game of Thrones suggest to me that her character arc has come so far that “Darth Cersei” (as the fans have taken to calling her) is now better represented by the Byzantine Empress Irene of Athens.
[GoT Season 6 spoilers below]